DETROIT (WWJ) – The U.S. Coast Guard says six people were rescued after their boat capsized in the Detroit River.
The sailors were on a 20-foot vessel on the water near the Detroit Yacht Club,when extreme winds from a storm system blew through, capsizing the boat.
A call came in to the Coast Guard just before 5 p.m. via marine radio.
When the rescue crew got to the scene, they found four people clinging to the sides of the sailboat and two people underneath.
All were wearing life jackets.
Coast Guard officials say this incident is the perfect example of why boaters need to pay close attention to the forecast.
“Knowing the weather report is huge,” said Petty Officer Second Class Bryan Davies, the officer of the day at Station Belle Isle. “Mariners need to monitor their radios at all times while underway. Due to the weather, we had three cases in a matter of minutes.”
No injuries were reported.